Building design, construction and renovations
HRV or something else?
Hi, it's an old topic I know, but I can't find recent forums and was hoping to start this up again, with updated info from users on this hot topic....we are looking at installing an HRV system. I liked the ...
Help retrofitting external wall insulation
I have a house from the ~1940's and want to put external wall insulation in. I've heard some differing opinions on methods, and I want to do it right the first time. I will be doing it from inside. ...
Natural Flow Systems, any experiences good or bad?
We are relocating a house onto a 5 acre section and need to get a septic system fitted. We want to be as sustainable as possible so definately don't want a powered system, and ideally want to our grey water ...
Hi all. I'm relatively new over here and trying to get to get to grips with how things are done! A lot of my work in the uk was plastering ie rendering and skimming, which doesn't seem to happen here ...
By Welsh brickie
Enclosing a veranda. Can it be classed as a bedroom?
Hi all, first post.
If I have a veranda, I'm aware it can be enclosed without needing consent.
My question is, can this be used as a bedroom, as internal walls, doors, fixtures etc also do not need consent.
Magroc Insulfound (Magnesium oxide board) Issues: Rotting, Decaying etc
I have Magroc Insulfound on my foundation slab. The slab has been down for a few months now as I have a delay in getting onto the framing.
The Magroc Insulfound has well and truly rotted away. Has anyone else ...
Home heating & insulation options - Canterbury
We are building a 245m2 single storey home in inland Waimakariri region (temperature range -7 to 30ish).
We have young kids so good heating/insulation is a priority within our budget
Key features of house:
Open living with polished concrete floors, north facing ...
Hot water heat pump calculations
I have just purchased a hot water heat pump from aquafire. Originally the model was a 'matchbox' (5.8kw)
but since then we've been looking at a 'super matchbox unit (8 kw output).
What I want do is install an underfloor heating ...
Timber Framed windows painted black?
Hi there wondering if anyone has had experience with modern timber windows being painted black? Will be lots of north and western sun exposure and concerned that the darker colour might exacerbate weathering/warping over time but not sure if this ...
Azzuro Solar Hot Water Systems
In March 2007 we had to replace our aging hot water cylinder and decided to take the opportunity to install a solar hot water system. After exploring the options, we followed the path to install an Azzuro system with ...
hi i am really interested in viewing your property. I am a housing coordinator and wish to learn more about straw bale. if there is any chance that i can view and talk more about your house please ...
Warranties Act Sale and Purchase agreement
Just after some quick and hopefully helpful advice for the daughter and will try and keep it simple - they had some work done on the property in 2015 and used a LBP and understood they didn't need ...
How to build using shipping containers and avoiding building or planning consents?
We live in Auckland and are keen to downsize and own a home mortgage-free. I want to buy 2 x 40ft shipping containers and get them welded together. I found a company called Addis that can do this for ...
This is why this country will continue to have problems with leaking homes. When the so called 'establishment' give an awards to a piece of rotting s....t like this.
I have no time for idiots who buy crap like this and ...
Best ICF option?
Hi, I am investigating using ICF for my new home in Auckland as it is next to a noisy motorway and ICF seems to be one of the best options for "soundproofing" a house economically.
I am wondering if anyone ...
we want to build a cheap house ourselves
I have just bought 7 hectres of land in Kaiwaka New Zealand, with half of it in covented bush. I am trying to get info and ideas on what type of house we could build that is cheap to ...
Is there a practical way to beef up airtightness & insulation in a stick & fluff build?
If it turns out I can't build with SIPS, are there ways to improve a standard stick and fluff building envelope?
For example: thicker studs and thicker fluff, insulated slab, thermally broken windows... Wouldn't these factors alone improve the buildings performance ...
Weathertight Windows and Doors
Has anyone used Weathertight Windows and Doors in Dunedin for retrofitting double glazing? Their website says, " Manufactured in New Zealand using Deceuninck Zendow profile, the worlds leading supplier of UV resistant window and door systems."
Any feedback ...
Eco Friendly Concrete Sealer ?
We got the concrete floor for our new house poured. There has been some pigments added to make it darker.
We would like to use an 'healthy' sealer for the floor, but the information out there is rather 'light'.
underfloor heating with concrete slab
how thick should the slab be for underfloor heating and what type of piping is used for wetback to underfloor and what kind of pump?
Louver windows and passive design/ air tightness
Hi all, we are starting to design our new house with passive design principles in mind. We are up-spec'ing insulation and choosing high performance windows/ frames, have a great thermal mass providing concrete floor throughout with underfloor and perimeter insulation- ...
YTong v Hebel Blocks
Are there any benefits of one over the other with the New Zealand supplies of 200mm blocks from YTong or Hebel?
I know they are the same parent company and one comes from China whereas the other comes from Australia but ...
Lime Products supply
Hi, Does anyone know of a South Island supply of NHL mortars / Lime Putty / or coloured lime renders?
The sort of thing that St Astier produce in Europe?
Graymont (formerly Taylors and MacDonalds produce Hydrated lime only AFAIK). ...
By Stewart Plaster Hamilton, Ltd.
Magroc, designs, costs
We are looking a building new home with magroc external walls and roof. We have a house plan in mind as we've walked through a home with the layout. We don't want to spend a lot of money before getting ...
By GP DESIGN
We are wanting to build a property at the back of my parents place. Just found out the kiwisaver grants/withdrawals can only be used when purchasing land to build on and not simply towards the costs of building a ...